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October 24, 2013

All-Brahms show features violinist, pianist

ROCKPORT — Grammy Award-nominated virtuoso violinist Jennifer Koh returns to Rockport with rising star Benjamin Hochman on piano in an all Brahms program on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Koh, one of the nation’s leading violinists, is recognized for her “high octane and risk-taking” performances. Her Grammy nomination was for Best Chamber Music Performance.

“With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum,” according to a press release.

During the 2012 Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Koh performed Bach’s complete works for solo violin, a feat rarely attempted by musicians. In her New York City performance of the same program, the New York Times reported that, “the ovation was so ardent that Ms. Koh, who had been visibly engrossed in her performance, wiped away tears.”

Her website notes that she was born in Chicago of Korean parents, and began playing the violin by chance, “choosing the instrument in a Suzuki-method program only because spaces for cello and piano had been filled.” She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11.

Hochman, winner of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, performs with symphonies around the world, and at many national and international festivals.

This all-Brahms program includes Sonatas No. 1 in G major, No. 2 in A major, and No. 3 in D minor.

Teresa Neff will offer a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. in the concert hall. Tickets start at $28. For tickets and information, call 978-546-7391 or visit www.rcmf.org.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

If you go Who and what: Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Benjamin Hochman perform an all Brahms program. When: Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. Preconference talk at 2 p.m. Where: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. Rockport. How much: $28, $38, $46. Call 978-546-7391 or visit www.rcmf.org.

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